Pamela Newell recently relocated to Connecticut from Montreal where she was a vital member of the dance community as choreographer, performer, educator and writer for nearly twenty years. For more than ten years she toured the world as a dancer then rehearsal director for Compagnie Marie Chouinard. Pam’s teaching engagements have included Concordia University (Montreal), Université du Québec à Montréal and Harvard University.  As well, she has taught master classes at Connecticut, Kenyon and Middlebury Colleges, and at festivals around the globe.  Pam is a certified Laban Movement Analyst and holds a Master’s Degree from the Université du Québec à Montréal.  She is currently on the dance and theater faculties at New Haven’s Educational Center for the Arts.

Class Description: The class starts on the floor with exercises that aim to awaken core support as a motor for the whole body.  Once the core is engaged, the floorwork moves into releasing and sequencing, taking advantage of the floor as a supportive partner to absorb and redirect unnecessary muscular tension and to offer diverse movement possibilities.  Standing center work pursues traditional and non-traditional movement vocabulary and focuses on directing the body in its relationship to gravity.  The class culminates with explorations of challenging physical and rhythmic choreographed material.

   Photo by Michael Slobodian

 

 Photo by Michael Slobodian